Artichokes hibernate: this is how you get your plants through the cold season

If you grow artichokes in the garden, you don't have to worry too much about wintering. You can hibernate both outdoors and indoors.

Artichokes can overwinter indoors and outdoors

Artichokes are only partially winter-proof in our latitudes, so good preparation for winter is important. With careful covering, the underground parts can remain outdoors during the winter. Alternatively, you can dig out the plants and keep them in the house until next spring. Both variants work well if you follow a few rules. Artichokes in a bucket are better moved to a sheltered winter area.

Think about winter in autumn

The artichoke shoots above ground die in autumn. Cut them back to a few centimeters if the plant should stay in the ground in winter. This prevents the germs from penetrating and spreading through the shoots.

Generally for cutting: Regularly remove pathetic, sick or pests from plant parts. You don't have to cut more on the artichoke.

This is how you can hibernate artichokes

❖ Winter artichokes outdoors:

Before it gets really cold and the ground freezes, cover the plant well. You can use compost, leaves and straw for this. Barn manure is also suitable. Pile up the materials loosely up to 30 centimeters high, then good insulation is guaranteed. It is best to use twigs as the top layer, weighted with stones so that the cover does not fly away in the wind.

In the spring, remove the winter protection again, but some parts may remain. Compost, leaves and manure make a good fertilizer for the plant. When spring is very wet, detection is particularly important because moisture that builds up over the plant affects growth and can lead to disease.

❖ Winter artichokes in the house:

Use a digging fork to carefully lift the artichoke off the ground in the fall. Moist soil may still be on the root ball. In addition, wrap the plant in a damp cloth and store it in a cool but frost-free place. Occasionally moisten the cloth. This will prevent it from drying out completely. You can also keep the plant in a box of damp sand. In spring you can put the artichoke back outdoors.

❖ Winter artichokes in a bucket:

Even with very good frost protection, it is risky to leave artichokes in a bucket outdoors. They are used to southern temperatures and, as a container plant, cannot cope with frost. It is better to place the bucket in a cool, frost-free place. The room should not be completely dark. A garage with a window, a greenhouse or a winter garden without heating is well suited. Before moving, you should cut the stems and leaves back to a few centimeters.

In spring, you can gradually get the tub plant back to warmer temperatures before you finally put the artichoke outdoors in May.